Decorative plating on plastic is achieved by a metallising process specifically engineered to enable non-conductive plastic articles to be electroplated. Our process has been developed to plate ABS plating grade plastic and some ABS blends.
Why ABS Plastic? ABS is a specially designed plastic (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) with properties suited to the metallising process enabling continuous production of high volume components.
Benefits of Plating on ABS Plastic Substrates: Moulded ABS plastic components are substantially cheaper to manufacture than metal parts. They offer adequate strength and significant weight reduction is also a benefit in some instances. After plating there is no apparent difference visually between metal and plastic parts.
Colour & Aesthetics: Almost all of our decorative finishes can be applied to ABS plastic with the current exception of E-coat.
Applications of Plating on ABS Plastic Substrates: Automotive decals and trim, tap- ware, furniture trim, bathroom accessories, hardware accessories, some electrical fittings and many other items.
Design Cautions: As this is an electrolytic process it is necessary to use jigging, racking or wiring to provide for electrical current conductivity. Some shapes and designs lend themselves more readily to successful plating than others or may need to be adapted.
Unlike metal substrates, distortion of plastic parts can occur in some heated solutions therefore part design as well as rack design can be critical. Stresses and other moulding related faults can also affect plating results.
Please consult your plating adviser prior to finalising design if you intend using this finishing process in your product manufacture.
A Class Metal Finishers | Plating & Metal Polishing
Top Quality Plating and Polishing for Manufacturers and Restorers Who Expect the Best.
SOME of our services for Manufacturers, Innovators and Engineers include: Chrome plating, Gold Plating, Nickel Plating, Satin Finishes, Electroless Nickel Plating, Tin & Copper Plating, Plating on Plastics, Silver Plating, Barrel Plating, Rack Plating, Painting and Lacquering, Cleaning and Pickling.
SOME of our services for Restorers and the Public include Restoration or Refurbishment of: Car and Motorcycle Chrome, Wheels, Bumpers and Trim, Silverware and goldware, Tapware and hardware, Jewellery, Musical instruments, Church Altar ware, Boat and Marine parts, Trophies, medals and regalia, Saddlery fittings, Brassware, Trinkets and more. Special services include chrome plating or re-chrome of plastic parts and zinc die cast parts as well as colour metallic spray finishes.
One of the largest and most diverse surface coating and finishing ‘job shops’ in Australia, A-Class Metal Finishers (A-Class), supports manufacturers and engineering shops across the country with their needs for high quality surface finishing for a range of products and items.
A Class Metal Finishers has capabilities in surface treatments and coatings for many substrate types e.g. steel, alloys, aluminium, brass, stainless, ABS plastics and more. Finishes can include ‘functional’ coatings to provide corrosion resistance, hardness, improved conductivity or surface performance (e.g. tin, electroless nickel, high purity silver & gold plating, chemical cleaning, de-burring, passivation, etc). Decorative coatings / platings are also available (e.g. chrome, gold, nickel, silver, satin finishes, etc). Treatments are provided for many product types including tapware, antennas, tools & dies, hardware, lighting, electrical & electronics, wheels, and many other items. Extensive surface preparation and polishing services also support the high quality outcomes achieved.